E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Kobresia myosuroides (Vill.) Fiori
Bellard's kobresia (Bellardi bog sedge)
Cyperaceae (Sedge family)

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Species Information

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Perennial, densely tufted herb from smooth, fibrous roots; stems slender, wiry, more or less circular in cross-section, tapered, 5-40 cm tall, more often surpassing or sometimes shorter than the leaves.
Numerous; basal sheaths brownish to dark brown, persistent and conspicuous, densely-packed, shredded, generally lacking blades; blades very slender and wiry, flat to folded or in-rolled, mostly 0.3-0.6 mm wide.
Inflorescence a solitary, terminal, erect, slender, 1- to 3-cm long, 2- to 3-mm wide spike, the spikelets each with 1 male and 1 female flower, the male flower above the female flower; involucral bracts solitary, scalelike or short and leafy.
Scales 2.5-3.5 mm long, brown, the margins broadly translucent, sometimes rough, otherwise smooth; stigmas 2 or 3; achenes compressed, 3-angled, 1.5-3 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry meadows, rock outcrops and ridges in the montane to alpine zones; frequent in BC in and E of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to Labr. and S to NM, UT and CA; Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Kobresia myosuroides

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 604 1867 2625
Slope Gradient (%) 0 19 70
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 200 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 2 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(21), BAFA(56), BWBS(1), ESSF(33), IMA(12), MH(2), MS(1), SBPS(5), SWB(5)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Elyna bellardii (All.) C. Koch
Kobresia bellardii (All.) K. Koch

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